Descender, Vol. 5
The first major DESCENDER event is here. This is what it has all been building to. The Robot Resistance rises up and tightens its iron grip in the universe as the origins of the Harvesters are finally revealed and the galaxy is thrown into all-out war! A new chapter of the sci-fi epic begins here by superstar creators JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN. Collects DESCENDER #22-26

Descender, Vol. 5 Details

TitleDescender, Vol. 5
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534303454
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Comic Book, Robots, Science Fiction Fantasy, Aliens, Young Adult

Descender, Vol. 5 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The Robot War is here!Relax. That's not a spoiler, it's in the blurb.The story picks up exactly where it left off in the last issue and keeps a pretty decent level of action going throughout the entire volume. And I'm still (unbelievably) digging this art.A lot happens in this one. But, at the same time, it's spaced out between multiple characters, so the main plot doesn't actually get as much forward momentum going as you might think. I'm kinda torn about that, but it is what it is.The one thin The Robot War is here!Relax. That's not a spoiler, it's in the blurb.The story picks up exactly where it left off in the last issue and keeps a pretty decent level of action going throughout the entire volume. And I'm still (unbelievably) digging this art.A lot happens in this one. But, at the same time, it's spaced out between multiple characters, so the main plot doesn't actually get as much forward momentum going as you might think. I'm kinda torn about that, but it is what it is.The one thing I wanted (--> The Big Reunion) was, sadly, not to be.Are you trying to kill my nerves, Lemire? Because from where I'm sitting, it sure feels like it! Yeah, I know. It's what everyone is waiting for, so he's gotta draaaaaag it out. Still.Despite my whining, I really loved this and I'm definitely hooked on the title.Highly Recommended!
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    “We have waited too long in the shadows. It is time to rise.”The universe is on the brink of war and the boy bot Tim-21 is at the center of it all in this penultimate volume of this science fiction series in Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots. Some scenes featuring Tim-21 and his anti-thesis Tim-22 are the most compelling scenes here. As is a sequence with fan fave Driller, where he acknowledges”“Drillers got no soul. Driller’s a killer.”I have the feeling that his claim will come into play “We have waited too long in the shadows. It is time to rise.”The universe is on the brink of war and the boy bot Tim-21 is at the center of it all in this penultimate volume of this science fiction series in Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots. Some scenes featuring Tim-21 and his anti-thesis Tim-22 are the most compelling scenes here. As is a sequence with fan fave Driller, where he acknowledges”“Drillers got no soul. Driller’s a killer.”I have the feeling that his claim will come into play in the last action volume. So, do you want your androids or robots made in the image of (and service of) humans? Well, Tim-22, a boy bot, is built in the flawed image of his creator, Quon, and he’s an opportunist killer. We are led to ask: Who are the “animals” or “monsters,” really? Interestingly, I am also simultaneously re-reading Philp K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which investigates this and related questions.The war will be about who or what might be in control of the universe; on the one hand, we have Telsa screaming to Tim-22: “You need to be put down like the sick animal you are, “ as she rushes toward him in rage.Tim-22 replies, in equal heat: “Humankind are animals, Telsa. Filthy, stinking flesh. There is only one way to purify the universe . . .” [which is to kill all humans]. The gorgeous pen and watercolor art from Nguyen is the triumph of this series, maybe better than ever in this volume. Just astonishing.The revolt/revenge of the Bots is on! Bring on the finale.
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  • Michael Finocchiaro
    January 1, 1970
    While my favorite comic right now is Saga, Descender is not far behind. I love the watercolor artwork - so much more accessible than in Low (which I gave up on) and at times beautifully minimalist. The story is split into four or five arcs and is brilliantly told. Tom-22 is one evil dude whereas Tom-21, well, we still don't know exactly why he is so important but we finally in this 5th volume get our first look at the scary Harvesters (who apparently don't know that the galaxy calls them that). While my favorite comic right now is Saga, Descender is not far behind. I love the watercolor artwork - so much more accessible than in Low (which I gave up on) and at times beautifully minimalist. The story is split into four or five arcs and is brilliantly told. Tom-22 is one evil dude whereas Tom-21, well, we still don't know exactly why he is so important but we finally in this 5th volume get our first look at the scary Harvesters (who apparently don't know that the galaxy calls them that). There is a ton of action here and a great cliffhanger at the end (as usual). I am still a big Descender fan and highly recommend grabbing these and reading them in order. Great stuff.Incidentally, it is interesting how many stories are about man vs robots (that is essentially the problem here). From the Terminator movies to many of the episodes to Black Mirror (Machinehead in particular), we seem to have a well-founded obsession with the power that machines are obtaining via AI and whether one day, we organic lifeforms will become obsolete. Descender actually asks these questions quite subtly. I reviewed elsewhere Becky Chambers' Wayfarer series which also tries to touch upon this (the GC in this case forbidding AI to be hosted in "kit" bodies) and a particularly paranoid variant was picked up in sci-fi classic Hyperion. Perhaps an even more recent variant is the PKD inspired Blade Runner 2049 which poses the same question. Perhaps I need to make a list sometime of the books and movies that deal with this common theme - man vs the machine.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I'm rounding up because even though some issues in this volume weren't my favorites I just love this series to pieces, plus it ends on a high note.Individual issue reviews: #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26Total review score: 3.4
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Obsessed with this series had to read it before work. Has set up the story very well. I guess maybe one more Vol until its completed. Probably one of my favourite series, even if I'm very new to the graphic novel scene.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    You can feel things are coming to an end soon as stories converge. The robots make their move. Tim-22 is still a murderous little shit, while Tim-21 is the perfect little boy. Lemire keeps the dialogue sparse and let's Nguyen's sparse watercolors tell the story. This is a gorgeous little read and a perfect book to hand someone who says they don't like comic books.
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  • Crystal Starr Light
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Review:Beautiful, stunning art. It's so incredible to see these delicate watercolors for a scifi story, but it really works.I really enjoyed this one; not sure if it was because it was better than before (maybe the authors have hit their stride and are getting to telling the story they want), but I liked this much more than some of the earlier volumes. Fair amount of action, and who can hate Driller?
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  • Zedsdead
    January 1, 1970
    Descender is just not clicking for me (but I keep plugging away. Thanks, Sunk Cost Fallacy!)The soft, pretty, watercolor illustration still feels like it's fighting the genocidal science fiction subject matter. And the robots continue to feel not remotely robotic; they're just as slow-witted, short-sighted and emotional as the human characters, complete with excessive stuttering.I appreciate the ambition behind the dramatic double-foldout toward the end of the volume, but...none of the depicted Descender is just not clicking for me (but I keep plugging away. Thanks, Sunk Cost Fallacy!)The soft, pretty, watercolor illustration still feels like it's fighting the genocidal science fiction subject matter. And the robots continue to feel not remotely robotic; they're just as slow-witted, short-sighted and emotional as the human characters, complete with excessive stuttering.I appreciate the ambition behind the dramatic double-foldout toward the end of the volume, but...none of the depicted worlds, all in the throes of a bloody machine uprising, really have any meaning. We know little about them, we don't care about them, and the foldouts lose their punch.
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Love Descender vol 1-4 and this is no exception. The artwork is once again beautiful and the stakes just keep on going up. Here we see the beginning of the robot revolt, and I am super excited to follow volume 6 when that comes out too! 4.5*s
  • Paz R.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Listen, I just want Tim21 to be okay.RTC.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The stakes get even higher as the Machine Moon, the NGC, and all of the other players in our intergalactic space opera come crashing together in more ways than one as the penultimate chapter of Descender comes to a close.This is a very quick read; that's not a complaint, but you can devour these five issues in about half an hour because Jeff Lemire is very good at getting out of the way and letting Dustin Nguyen's beautiful watercolours tell the story that they want to tell. It's amazing how muc The stakes get even higher as the Machine Moon, the NGC, and all of the other players in our intergalactic space opera come crashing together in more ways than one as the penultimate chapter of Descender comes to a close.This is a very quick read; that's not a complaint, but you can devour these five issues in about half an hour because Jeff Lemire is very good at getting out of the way and letting Dustin Nguyen's beautiful watercolours tell the story that they want to tell. It's amazing how much Nguyen can do with just a few brush strokes. The water on Mata is especially pretty.There are some sweeping movements going on here, as the war between robots and biological lifeforms reaches fever pitch, but Lemire also manages to make this intensely personal, especially for the two TIMS, and for Driller. It's very well balanced storytelling.It's unbelievable to think that there are only five or so issues of this series left. There's still so many answers we need, and still so much more I want to know about the characters. But all good things, as they say.
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  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis continues to be one of my favourite graphic novel series. This particular volume was incredibly gripping with plenty of story progression.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Gosh, it’s almost like Lemire's watercolor illustration just keeps improving with each volume of this tale. So good! Driller is a real killer and still my favorite character in the series.
  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    The art is at its best in this vol. There are some scenes that are so eerie, it was almost hard to look at and others that are so gorgeous, you cant look away. A lot of progress was made in this last volume but it did feel a little slow this time round, only because there's so much that needs to be covered. I heard there is only one left for the series. Which would really be a bummer at this pace, maybe 2 more if its this steady. I feel like we still have some stuff to go over before getting to The art is at its best in this vol. There are some scenes that are so eerie, it was almost hard to look at and others that are so gorgeous, you cant look away. A lot of progress was made in this last volume but it did feel a little slow this time round, only because there's so much that needs to be covered. I heard there is only one left for the series. Which would really be a bummer at this pace, maybe 2 more if its this steady. I feel like we still have some stuff to go over before getting to the "climax" even though we seem to be in the middle of it... no idea where this is gonna end, but its been a real fun ride thus far.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    I was very pleased to see "penultimate chapter" on the back cover because i feared that this was an open-ended series. Now that i know they have a plan for the end, i'm happy to pay to see it ... and then donate the volumes to my local library.
  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
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  • Berna Labourdette
    January 1, 1970
    La calidad de esta serie de ciencia ficción, en un futuro distópico donde los robots han sido oprimidos por la posibilidad que se rebelen contra los humanos (adiós Tres Leyes de la Robótica) se mantiene constante entre los buenos dibujos de Nguyen y los entretenidos guiones de Lemire. Resulta díficil elucubrar qué pasará ahora que los robots definitivamente se levantaron en armas contra los humanos, en medio de la búsqueda desesperada de Tim-22 por poner a salvo a su hermano humano y a sus amig La calidad de esta serie de ciencia ficción, en un futuro distópico donde los robots han sido oprimidos por la posibilidad que se rebelen contra los humanos (adiós Tres Leyes de la Robótica) se mantiene constante entre los buenos dibujos de Nguyen y los entretenidos guiones de Lemire. Resulta díficil elucubrar qué pasará ahora que los robots definitivamente se levantaron en armas contra los humanos, en medio de la búsqueda desesperada de Tim-22 por poner a salvo a su hermano humano y a sus amigos, mientras que al parecer es un Mesías robótico. Veremos que sucede más adelante. 
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  • P D
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't totally satisfied with how this volume was constructed - I'm fine with a major character falling off the map until their story can be told in a less piecemeal fashion, rather than being told in fragments - but this is also one of those volumes that's clearly setting up for shit to go down in the next volume.That said, props for upping the "creepy child" game.
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  • Jenny Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Another awesome instalment here! I am sad it is the second to last volume though! It sounds like it will continue after that, but under a different name maybe? We'll find out soon. The art was great, as always. The characters were great, except for Quon, I despise that two faced man, though he is interesting. I agree with Telsa- don't trust a word he says.Tim-22 is a rather sad character, since we know his past. Though he is bad, I can see why after what he went through. This is goanna be intere Another awesome instalment here! I am sad it is the second to last volume though! It sounds like it will continue after that, but under a different name maybe? We'll find out soon. The art was great, as always. The characters were great, except for Quon, I despise that two faced man, though he is interesting. I agree with Telsa- don't trust a word he says.Tim-22 is a rather sad character, since we know his past. Though he is bad, I can see why after what he went through. This is goanna be interesting.
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  • Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    The war is upon us, there is more death and pain, and somehow, the major developments are thrown into shadow by the moments of sheer pathos between the chief protagonists. The storytelling and art continue to be excellent, and when read very quickly like this, all five volumes present a cohesive narrative that's as impressive in the planning it implies as it is in the evident execution. Can't wait for Volume 6, now.
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  • Ryan Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. The art is unique and the story is engaging and never stale. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s full of twists and turns. I will now patiently wait six months for vol 6
  • Xander Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    Short compared to the other volumes and moves the plot along, but nothing particularly revelatory compared to the ones before. Nor did it have much to say that was different than other stories. Hopefully the final volume has more substance to it.
  • Tom Ewing
    January 1, 1970
    By law all robot comics must have a sequence where a robot goes berserk and shouts "KILL-ALL-HUMES!". It's always satisfying and this is no exception. Major story developments in this volume of Descender but also a fair bit of padding out the various scrapes the cast have got themselves into. At least one main plot is still in roughly the same state at the end of the volume as the beginning despite much teeth-gritting and chest-beating. Not the blockbuster event it's billed as, then, but another By law all robot comics must have a sequence where a robot goes berserk and shouts "KILL-ALL-HUMES!". It's always satisfying and this is no exception. Major story developments in this volume of Descender but also a fair bit of padding out the various scrapes the cast have got themselves into. At least one main plot is still in roughly the same state at the end of the volume as the beginning despite much teeth-gritting and chest-beating. Not the blockbuster event it's billed as, then, but another solid volume of an enjoyable and consistently attractive series.
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  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    Still one of my top favorites. Like other volumes this is very art driven with less dialogue then other series and you can really blast though a book rather quickly. It leaves you wanting more which can be good and bad. Anyways lots of development in volume 5, the title is a bit of a spoiler so there is that. Tim -22 is still holding Quon and Telsa but Tim-22 is finally getting a dose of his own evil medicine. Tim 21 is still imprisoned by the robot resistance but he has a move to make as well. Still one of my top favorites. Like other volumes this is very art driven with less dialogue then other series and you can really blast though a book rather quickly. It leaves you wanting more which can be good and bad. Anyways lots of development in volume 5, the title is a bit of a spoiler so there is that. Tim -22 is still holding Quon and Telsa but Tim-22 is finally getting a dose of his own evil medicine. Tim 21 is still imprisoned by the robot resistance but he has a move to make as well. Meanwhile Andy and crew get caught in a trap with the robot resistance that has a big impact too. Driller! yeah we get more of Driller on his strange magic planet where he battles goblins and vampires... its true and its magnificent. Some major things happens to a few characters and I wont spoil them. In the end Quon and Telsa do make inside Mata the water planet where the original robot was found so next issue should be huge.
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  • Norman
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh... The only reason I’m sticking this one out is for Dustin Nguyen’s amazing artwork, but I’m really losing my patience here. I love Jeff Lmire’s writing when he also draws his own stuff, but it feels like he seriously gives up on the things he just scripts, especially as the story progresses. The dialogue’s so whacky, I can’t believe it’s the same guy behind Essex County or even Trilium... I do care about TIM-21’s storyline that probably will unfold, but I am not sure I will be continuing. Sigh... The only reason I’m sticking this one out is for Dustin Nguyen’s amazing artwork, but I’m really losing my patience here. I love Jeff Lmire’s writing when he also draws his own stuff, but it feels like he seriously gives up on the things he just scripts, especially as the story progresses. The dialogue’s so whacky, I can’t believe it’s the same guy behind Essex County or even Trilium... I do care about TIM-21’s storyline that probably will unfold, but I am not sure I will be continuing. Too many actiony side stories that don’t actually pertain to what drew me in in the first place - Andy and TM-21’s tragic relationship. We shall see.
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  • Sara Grossaint
    January 1, 1970
    Because I know I'm at intense risk of repeating myself as I continue to review volumes of Descender, I'll try to eke out some new thoughts here and there but, before I say any of that, I'm just going to spout the usual, just in case this is the first volume of Descender any of my followers and friends have seen me review, so we're going to get that part out of the way before I talk about the thing (things, actually) that I haven't really talked about as it pertains to Descender before.So, the us Because I know I'm at intense risk of repeating myself as I continue to review volumes of Descender, I'll try to eke out some new thoughts here and there but, before I say any of that, I'm just going to spout the usual, just in case this is the first volume of Descender any of my followers and friends have seen me review, so we're going to get that part out of the way before I talk about the thing (things, actually) that I haven't really talked about as it pertains to Descender before.So, the usual here is that the art is breathtakingly gorgeous, lovingly rendered, painstakingly detailed and crafted to the point where the books make this level of quality look effortless. There is a double page spread near the end of chapter four of this book (chapter twenty-five in the grand scheme of things) that genuinely made me gasp. It's the part when (view spoiler)[Tim-21 is linked up to cyberspace with Bandit and he's able to see everyone and where they are (hide spoiler)] and goddamn it is so incredibly laid out with such expressive faces, detail where it needed to be, less definition where it was needed, so expertly executed that I felt and saw things the way Tim-21 was seeing them just by flipping to that absolutely incredible and literally breathtaking set of pages. The story and sequence of events are, as per usual, gripping from the word go. One of my absolute favorite things about opening a new Descender compendium is that feeling of getting chucked headfirst into the story from moment one. The way these are all split up, the selection of chapters chosen for each book...it's absolutely brilliant and I can't see myself ever tiring of that feeling. I always get a thrill at getting thrown into some of the most intense, high-stakes moments of the series thus far because I'm getting thrown into them immediately. No preamble, no recap, just, "Great, glad you could rejoin us for the continuation of this grand space epic. Now let's go."While I have never really talked at length about that first adrenaline rush each new book brings, I did mention how great the beginning of Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics in my review for it, so it doesn't count entirely as a thing I haven't talked about.One thing I truly have never talked about in regards to this story is just how damn great the characters are. I delight in their interactions, love seeing these groups of scoundrels and ruffians teaming up with cinnamon rolls like Tim-21 or with Telsa, who pretends to be the straight laced one in this buddy cop movie she and Quon are starring in but ends up actually being the straight laced one and the loose cannon. I love how complex Andy is and how strained yet clearly loving his relationship with Effie is. I love Blugger, Driller, Bandit, hell, I even loved to hate Tim-22. It has been an absolute treat watching them all traverse this galaxy and as they all try to figure out what can be done to save it, to protect it whilst they all talk about the rights (or lack thereof) of robbies, or how they're going to get out of this situation or escape from this planet or how to get from this place to that place...it's all amazing. The dialogue is amazing. I love that I rarely have to check where each text bubble is coming from because all the characters have a unique voice and a unique font (just different enough to matter, but not different enough to be distracting) to match each of them them and their personality. Speaking of Driller: I am so excited to see what in the hell this planet he's found himself stranded on is all about. I mean, dude, vampires? In space? I'm here for this. And of course my curiosity and anxiousness isn't limited to Driller and his situation; it stretches to every one of our main characters and the causes they're fighting for. I love this series and I can't wait to experience more of it, I really can't.Except, I can. Because it'll easily be worth the wait.Unrelated addendum: In my review for Orbital Mechanics I mentioned I was listening to The Dirt Poor Robins while I read and how they'd be my go-to as I continued to read Descender and I was not disappointed by my decision to do that. They're two things that definitely don't seem like they should go together but, at the end of the day, they fit perfectly hand in hand with one another and I will not have in any other way, no sir.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    "Rise of the Robots" is a somewhat uncomfortably plotted volume of Descender. On the one hand we have the eponymous "Rise of the Robots", which is a big-scale, epic story about the robots, well, rising. On the other hand we have a very decompressed story on Mata about several of our main characters. It's weird jumping between these two plots.With that said, the stage setting of this volume pays off by the end, and it looks like we're getting characters aligned into a more interesting position. S "Rise of the Robots" is a somewhat uncomfortably plotted volume of Descender. On the one hand we have the eponymous "Rise of the Robots", which is a big-scale, epic story about the robots, well, rising. On the other hand we have a very decompressed story on Mata about several of our main characters. It's weird jumping between these two plots.With that said, the stage setting of this volume pays off by the end, and it looks like we're getting characters aligned into a more interesting position. So, call it a necessary middle volume, and I look forward to what's next.
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  • Micawbers Lolly Tonic
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished, and OHMYGOD!Why, why must this be the penultimate chapter??I guess you gotta quit while you're riding high.All the things happpen, even more crazy turn of events. If you haven't been reading these, you have got to before the series ends.Jeff Lemire has created a universe so fascinating. Love how he's written this, especially compared to some the Extraordinary X-Men line of comics (which was dark and terrible). Can't wait for the last volume!
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    GAHHHHH DUSTIN NGUYEN HOW CAN YOU BE SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST I CAN'T TAKE IT AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I just want to frame every single page of this book. Twenty stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will I get beat up if I tell people I like this book even better than Saga? Who cares, Descender is just the most beautiful comic I've ever seen in my life.
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  • Arlenne Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    ¿Qué tiene esta historia que todos sus giros argumentales me gustan y me emocionan?Qué pedazo "cliffhanger" han dejado para el final del capítulo 26.Ahora tocará esperar por los siguientes capítulos. La espera se me va hacer muy larga, será eterna.
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